Home > News > Adelphia Halts Adult Content Offer Amid Criticism • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Adelphia Halts Adult Content Offer Amid Criticism

Adelphia Halts Adult Content Offer Amid Criticism
Get XBIZ News
Feb 24, 2005 11:00 AM PST    Text size: 
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Less than a month after it was crowned one of the leading providers of adult content in the United States, Adelphia Communications Corp. has rescinded its offering of XXX-rated content amid a flurry of criticism from conservative Christian groups.

Adelphia, once thought of as the most conservative cable providers for its refusal to carry the Spice channel, announced on Feb. 2 that it would be offering the new content, provided by Playboy Enterprises Inc., in Southern California and would be slowly rolling it out to areas across the country.

“Some concern has been expressed over this type of adult programming,” Adelphia Vice President of Corporate Communications Paul Jacobson said in a written statement. “Adelphia will remove it from all of its systems.”

Currently in bankruptcy protection, the channel first began offering adult content in 2003 with the introduction of “x” and “double-x” rated films, which featured nudity and simulated sex, and actual intercourse and oral sex, respectively.

Adelphia’s new addition would have provided customers with the ability to watch graphic, detailed intercourse and oral sex, as well as “other practices.”

“This programming is widely distributed through satellite and other cable providers,” Jacobson said. “There is readily available technology to block it.”

Adelphia, in fact, had already promised that all of the content would be provided with a block feature design to keep children from being exposed to adult content.

Adult content offers an attractive incentive to cable and satellite providers, who often have very low profit margins on normal plans, but keep a profit of 80 to 90 percent on adult content, experts say.

“When cable [operators] offer XXX content as opposed to X content, we see 50 to 100 percent more business,” said Ken Boenish, president of New Frontier’s Erotic Networks unit. “We also see a difference of $1 to $2 in retail rate.”

Adelphia was hesitant to name the exact cause of its reversal, but did tell XBiz that there had been a reevaluation about a week after the operator’s new content caught media attention in early February.

Speculation is that a large amount of the criticism that Adelphia cites in its statement was provided by conservative Christian groups that expressed outrage at the possibility of another cable provider offering adult content.

“Profitability and popularity are terrible criteria for evaluating worth, especially related to moral issues such as pornography,” said Rick Schatz, president of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families. “Until this trend is realized and reversed, companies like Adelphia will shirk their individual responsibility and replace it with their seemingly benign policy of providing what the public wants – regardless of the harm to individuals, families and the community as a whole.”

Schatz and his group openly advocated sending complaints to the United States Department of Justice and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in opposition to Adelphia’s plan shortly after the story initially made headlines.

Adelphia will continue to provide customers with X and XX rated content.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization,... More »

Cutting Costs in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Adult website owners are comprised of two groups: One is comfortable giving up 30-50 percent of their site’s gross sales revenue (aka profit) in exchange for software, hosting and services despite... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Access the latest issues of the industry's leading trade publications in digital form. View online or download for offline viewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida

XShow 18+ 2017

Jun 01 - Jun 03
Moscow, Russia

Cam Summit

Jun 02 - Jun 04
Lloret de Mar, Spain
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!